Our mission for middle school is to fully prepare students for high school—spiritually, personally, and academically.

These are formative years for students; they solidify their social and spiritual identity. At this point in their academic career, students can start choosing electives focused on their interests. Middle school students also begin taking on more personal responsibility and accountability in their schoolwork. They learn that now is the time to start making preparations for their future pursuits.

6th Grade

Classes to be taught:

  • Science

    Using Science 6 from Purposeful Design Publications, students progress through Life Science, Physical Science and Earth & Space Science, with units covering cells and organisms, matter and energy, astronomy, heredity, and the nervous and immune systems of the body. We look at scientific discoveries from a Christian worldview and participate in several hands-on science projects and experiments.

  • English

    Using Sadlier’s Grammar for Writing, Level “Red,” students engage in grade-specific goals for the writing process and language conventions. Students also engage with Sadlier’s Vocabulary Workshop Level A, promoting a multimedia approach that helps students master the meaning of more complex words—especially those that draw their meaning primarily from context.

  • Reading

    Students are introduced to an in-depth understanding of the four elements of literature: Setting, Character, Plot, and Theme. Students will be exposed to a variety of genres of literature found in novels, short stories, Bible parables, drama, and poetry. Using the 6th Grade Progress English Language Arts Textbook and the Close Reading of Complex Text workbooks will provide students with a complete reading literacy and fluency program. Students will learn to excel in close reading and analysis to facilitate critical thinking and uncover the deeper meaning of texts. As the year progresses, students will develop individual proficiency through a guided independent reading program. Students will also be introduced to informational (nonfiction) texts, to support and improve their proficiency in reading. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to reading practice, research and writing tools, speaking and listening skills, as well as vocabulary to help enhance their fluency and understanding of the language. Faith-based learning and biblical integration will occur throughout the course, as students are exposed to universal themes that have a biblical foundation.

  • Bible

    Using the Summit Ministries Walking in Truth: The Christian Worldview curriculum, students will learn Biblically-based answers to worldview questions about God, the universe, people, truth, and right and wrong.  Additionally, students will survey Biblical themes found in the book of Acts, focusing on the birth and persecution of the church, as well as the story of the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ  Reading, interpreting, memorizing and discussing scripture is the heart of Bible class, ensuring that these answers to a Biblical worldview can be easily understood and applied to their lives.

  • History

    BJU Press’ Heritage Studies 6 is part of a social studies program teaching history, geography, government, economics, and culture through with biblical worldview. We will focus on the beginning of civilizations and their relationship to God and His truth. Students will use writing, oration, and creativity to demonstrate understanding of these topics.

  • Math

    Saxon Math (courses 1-3) is taught throughout middle school. This curriculum divides math concepts into small, easily-understood pieces that span several lessons. Each daily lesson incorporates daily spiral reviews to aid students in practicing and applying learned math concepts. Typically, a sixth grader would begin with Course 1.

  • Spanish 

    TCA partners with Homeschool Spanish Academy to provide middle school students with weekly grade level group Spanish classes. Under the supervision of their classroom teacher, students connect with a Spanish teacher online who provides multimedia lessons that cover vocabulary, speaking, listening, grammar, reading, and writing.  The teacher also guides students to apply new skills in real-time, while students receive homework, take quizzes and exams, and receive direct feedback as they solidify their understanding of what was learned.

  • Computer Tech

    Computer Technology class prepares students for entry into 21 century technology in a safe and supervised environment. Students build upon their learning in their earliler years to gain proficiency in their computer literacy skills, understanding of nternet safety, and coding/logic skills. They also learn keyboarding and word processing skills, use of presentation tools, the online research process, and use of web-based applications. Middle school students receive their own chromebook to use in their classes under the direction of their teachers to further hone their computer proficiency skills.

7th Grade

Classes to be taught:

  • Science

    Using Life Science from Purposeful Design Publications, we discover and study the wonders of the created world through a biblical worldview. We study cells, heredity and genetics, taxonomy and the three domains and six kingdoms. Students are engaged in topics through investigation and observation of the world around them.

  • English

    Using Sadlier’s Grammar for Writing, Level “Purple,” students are engaged in grade-specific goals for the writing process and language conventions. We will also use Sadlier’s Vocabulary Workshop Level B to engage students with a multimedia approach in mastering the meaning of more complex words—especially those that draw their meaning primarily from context.

  • Literature

    Literature classes begin a two-year progression that begins in 7th Grade. Students will be engaged in a streamlined, comprehensive English Language Arts program, utilizing the Progress English Language Arts textbook. These grade level textbooks will provide students with an opportunity to increase their exposure to the four important components of literacy: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Diction (Language/vocabulary enhancement). Students will develop and improve their understanding of both basic and advanced literary terminology, as well acquire and increase their use of academic and domain-specific vocabulary. In addition, students will utilize the grade level appropriate Close Reading of Complex Textbooks. This is where in-depth reading, reading annotation, and text analysis will take place to help students gain a strong skill set in drawing connections between ideas and details contained within a variety of texts—including significant pieces of literature, such as novels, short-stories, poetry, drama, and a variety of related and integrated nonfiction (informational readings and historical readings). Throughout the course, students will be asked to participate in independent reading to help students gain the confidence needed to improve their reading fluency and literacy skills. Students will also improve their writing and research skills through the analysis of writing models, as well as engaging in writing both informational and narrative essays with a strong emphasis on the use of appropriate language usage and the MLA writing format. Throughout the course, faith-based learning and biblical integration will be incorporated into the reading curriculum to help students develop a strong spiritual perspective and biblically based worldview.

  • Bible

    Seventh grade uses the Summit Ministries Walking in Truth: Competing Worldviews curriculum.  Based upon their foundational knowledge of God and the Bible, students will analyze, evaluate, and critique competing worldviews such as Islam, naturalism, and new spirituality, in comparison with a Biblical Christian worldview.  Students will study Biblical themes and truths found in the books of Romans and the Corinthians, focusing on sin, faith salvation, worship, the Lord’s Supper, spiritual gifts, and moral issues in the church.  Reading, interpreting, memorizing, and discussing scripture is the heart of 7th grade Bible class, ensuring that these early Christian church principles are understood and adopted so that Bible-based, life applications can be strongly reinforced and solidified

  • History

    Students study World Studies utilizing the BJU Press curriculum. We look at key events in world history, examining topics such as creation, cultural development, colonization throughout the earth, revolutions and their founding ideas, World Wars, and the global community. Students will gain experience in writing, reporting, group projects, and interactive class activities that correspond with the current history lesson.

  • Math

    Saxon Math (courses 1-3) is taught throughout middle school. This curriculum divides math concepts into small, easily-understood pieces that span several lessons. Each daily lesson incorporates daily spiral reviews to aid students in practicing and applying learned math concepts. A seventh-grade student would typically take Course 2; however, advanced students may be permitted to take Course 3 in preparation for completing Algebra 1 in the eighth grade.

  • Spanish 

    TCA partners with Homeschool Spanish Academy to provide middle school students with weekly grade level group Spanish classes. Under the supervision of their classroom teacher, students connect with a Spanish teacher online who provides multimedia lessons that cover vocabulary, speaking, listening, grammar, reading, and writing.  The teacher also guides students to apply new skills in real-time, while students receive homework, take quizzes and exams, and receive direct feedback as they solidify their understanding of what was learned.

  • Computer Tech

    Computer Technology class prepares students for entry into 21 century technology in a safe and supervised environment. Students build upon their learning in their earliler years to gain proficiency in their computer literacy skills, understanding of nternet safety, and coding/logic skills. They also learn keyboarding and word processing skills, use of presentation tools, the online research process, and use of web-based applications. Middle school students receive their own chromebook to use in their classes under the direction of their teachers to further hone their computer proficiency skills.

8th Grade

Classes to be taught:

  • Science

    Using Earth Science by Purposeful Design Publications, students study the Creationist view of earth’s history and critically examine evolution-based methodologies. Scientific philosophies and models of our earth are studied as well as meteorology, geology, and oceanography.

  • English

    Using Sadlier’s Grammar for Writing Level “Yellow,” students are engaged in grade-specific goals for the writing process and language conventions. We will also use Sadlier’s Vocabulary Workshop Level C to engage students with a multimedia approach in mastering the meaning of more complex words—especially those that draw their meaning primarily from context.

  • Literature

    Literature classes follow a two-year progression that began in 7th Grade. Students will be engaged in a streamlined, comprehensive English Language Arts program utilizing the Progress English Language Arts textbook. These grade-level textbooks will provide students with an opportunity to increase their exposure to the four important components of literacy: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Diction (Language/vocabulary enhancement). Students will develop and improve their understanding of both basic and advanced literary terminology, as well acquire and increase their use of academic and domain-specific vocabulary. In addition, students will utilize the grade level appropriate Close Reading of Complex Textbooks. This is where in-depth reading, reading annotation, and text analysis will take place to help students gain a strong skill set in drawing connections between ideas and details contained within a variety of texts—including significant pieces of literature, such as novels, short-stories, poetry, drama, and a variety of related and integrated nonfiction (informational readings and historical readings). Throughout the course, students will be asked to participate in independent reading to help students gain the confidence needed to improve their reading fluency and literacy skills. Students will also improve their writing and research skills through the analysis of writing models, as well as engaging in writing both informational and narrative essays with a strong emphasis on the use of appropriate language usage and the MLA writing format. Throughout the course, faith-based learning and biblical integration will be incorporated into the reading curriculum to help students develop a strong spiritual perspective and biblically based worldview.

  • Bible

    Using the Summit Ministries Walking in Truth: Christianity in Action curriculum, students will participate in active discussion of their involvement and engagement in the current culture.  Students will analyze and evaluate their daily and lifelong application of a Biblical, Christian worldview, as seen through the academic disciplines of philosophy, ethics, theology, psychology, sociology, history, and biology. Eighth grade continues a course of study of Biblical themes and truths from a variety of the Epistles found in scripture, focusing on Paul’s instruction to Timothy, his counsel to the church, the superiority of Christ, and faith lived out in humility and hope, especially in the last days.  Reading, interpreting, memorizing, and discussing scripture is the heart of Bible class, ensuring that these early Christian church principles are understood and adopted so that Bible-based, life applications can be practiced faithfully.

  • History

    Students study American Heritage utilizing the BJU Press curriculum as they continue to survey United States history with the goal of a comprehensive overview of our nation’s progression from discovery to the 21st Century.

  • Math

    Saxon Math (courses 1-3) is taught throughout middle school. This curriculum divides math concepts into small, easily-understood pieces that span several lessons. Each daily lesson incorporates daily spiral reviews to aid students in practicing and applying learned math concepts. A seventh grade student would typically take Course 2; however, advanced students may be permitted to take Course 3 in preparation for completing Algebra 1 in the eighth grade.

  • Spanish 

    TCA partners with Homeschool Spanish Academy to provide middle school students with weekly grade level group Spanish classes. Under the supervision of their classroom teacher, students connect with a Spanish teacher online who provides multimedia lessons that cover vocabulary, speaking, listening, grammar, reading, and writing.  The teacher also guides students to apply new skills in real-time, while students receive homework, take quizzes and exams, and receive direct feedback as they solidify their understanding of what was learned.etta Stone Language Foundations: Spanish Fundamentals (Levels 1-5 available)Students with limited or no exposure to the Spanish language are able to develop everyday conversational skills through this classroom format of the Rosetta Stone software. Students progress at their own pace, beginning with Level 1. Each level provides opportunities to review and retake units and levels in order to achieve an appropriate level of mastery. As they progress from grade to grade, this program allows for a uniquely designed, guided, self-paced environment that focuses on grasping the fundamentals of the language through speech feedback and live tutoring. Additionally, students can access a month’s worth of training in German, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese, and more.

  • Computer Tech

    Computer Technology class prepares students for entry into 21 century technology in a safe and supervised environment. Students build upon their learning in their earliler years to gain proficiency in their computer literacy skills, understanding of nternet safety, and coding/logic skills. They also learn keyboarding and word processing skills, use of presentation tools, the online research process, and use of web-based applications. Middle school students receive their own chromebook to use in their classes under the direction of their teachers to further hone their computer proficiency skills.

6th – 8th grade Academic Enrichment

Middle school students are required to take a Study Skills class to learn note-taking techniques and time management skills, as well as reading for comprehension and organization. The curriculum is designed to help students build effective study skills that aptly prepare them for the rigor of high school academics.

Accelerated Reader by Renaissance Learning is a computer, web-based, program that enhances the reading curriculum used at TCA. Students read books on their identified reading level, take quizzes, and earn points towards incentives. Students are able to select books to read from their classroom libraries and students have access to the TCA library and its collection of book titles.  Regular use of this program increases reading comprehension, fluency, and overall achievement.

6th – 8th grade Social Emotional Learning

Helping students encounter Christ’s love daily is at the heart of everything we do at TCA and it is an incredible privilege to weave our Christian faith into all that we do and teach!  Therefore, understanding biblical friendship is a pivotal aspect of social and emotional learning at TCA.

Friendzy, a biblically-based social emotional learning program has helped us to talk about biblical friendship with students at TCA as we work with them to meet their spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social needs. The program teaches friendship skills and emotional intelligence through the lens of Scripture, with a focus on cultivating a safe and Christ-centered school community. Friendzy provides opportunities for students to develop and grow in their understanding of Christ-like living and healthy relationship skills, self-confidence, responsible decision-making skills, practicing empathy, communication skills, and conflict resolution. Monthly, students learn new friendship-focused catchphrases anchored by scripture. They also spend time with their teachers unpacking the catchphrase and key verses through lessons, conversations, reflective activities, and prayer.

Special Activities and Events
  • Camp Dark Waters

    Students are involved in group problem-solving activities and team building exercises to foster unity, leadership skills, and cooperation.

  • End-of-Year Middle School Trip

    The middle school year culminates with an end of year class trip. Students help to raise money to fund the trip through back sales, and Christmas candy cane grams.

  • Community Service

    Service Learning Projects happen throughout the year providing students the opportunity to serve the community at home and abroad to demonstrate the love of Christ to others.  Each year, middle school students lead a schoolwide Operation Christmas Child service project that provides Christmas gifts to less fortunate children around the world.  They also are given opportunities to come alongside of younger students and their teachers to assist where needed.  Students have participated in Saturday clean up projects on the property as well.  Teachers have also selected students to attend the ACSI Leadership Conference which provides opportunities for selected middle school students to develop spiritual leadership while participating in activities and seminars with other students from other Christian schools in the area. 

  • Academic Competitions

    ACSI Spelling Bee
    ACSI Math Olympics
    TCA Science Fair

Additional Middle School Electives
  • Yearbook

    Students work together with dedicated sponsors to compile photography, event coverage, conversations, and quotes to craft each school year’s essence, so they can have a concrete reminder of that season of their lives. This is a great leadership opportunity.

  • Select Choir

    Students from Grades 5-8 may audition for this opportunity to perform as a group. Both sacred and secular songs, including classical pieces in other languages, will be featured in each year’s collection. This is a great chance to vocally prepare able students for high school choirs. And each Spring, our Select Choir performs at a regional choir competition.

  • Technology

    Video/Film and Digital Arts/Photography

  • Art

    DRAWING ELECTIVE – In this class students take an indepth look at the Elements of Art and how they are applied to the drawing medium.  Students have an opportunity to hone their techniques while exploring a variety of art styles, while also learning how to make their drawings look more realistic and believable through value and shading techniques.  Learning how the finesse of linework can suggest shape and dimension in their own work is augmented by observing how artists exaggerate proportions and silhouette in many art forms to create truly unique characters.   Students delve into color theory and learn how color schemes can improve their characters and environments.  Finally, the course creates more advanced art perspectives as students explore various art styles including realism, word art, op art, zentangle art, cartooning, and anime.   PAINTING ELECTIVE  – In this course students are given the opportunity to explore a variety of art mediums.  The classl studies the Elements of Art and how those elements pertain to painting.  Painting students explore color theory in painting and how to use color schemes in an aesthetically pleasing way.  Students will learn how to suggest shading, highlights and form with various media in addition to practicing  inking and linework to refine their own artwork.  The class explores various painting techniques and learns how to effectively and safely use their art materials.  The course includes lessons on water colors, oil pastels, tempera painting, acrylic painting and decorative arts.

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